Slogan tshirts

“I`m sorry, I`m allergic to stupid people.” There are some things that you can`t say in real life, but you can wear them on a t-shirt. When it comes to regular social etiquette, t-shirt slogans launch the rules right out of the window, turning jokes reserved for Christmas crackers and statements of bemused contempt into catchphrases and quotes that bring sly smiles to all that read them. So what is it about the printed t-shirt that makes it ok to walk around with “Did you eat a bowl of stupid for breakfast?” plastered across your chest?

The truth is that t-shirt slogans make an art form out of the fine comedic line between laughing with someone and laughing at them. Instead of feeling insulted by a phrase like “I`m not getting smaller, I`m backing away from you”, readers of t-shirt slogans presume the insult is directed at a third party, a figure of ineptitude we can all relate to – and, increasingly often, revile – creating a shared joke, rather than a direct insult that alienates the recipient.

If this all sounds a bit far-fetched, just think about how often you or the people you know are forced to deal with those who are, let`s say, seemingly intellectually challenged. With an economy increasingly based upon service, it is ever more likely that your daily routine will involve the frustration of dealing with someone stuck in the blissful state of ignorance, be it your boss, your customers or even people in the street. slow slogan t-shirt margaretshear CC licenceTake that into consideration and it isn`t hard to see where the fashion for this form of printed riposte comes from. Where self-deprecating slogans such as “Do not disturb – I`m disturbed enough already” used to rule the t-shirt marketplace, now the more aggressive form of externally-directed castigation is king, addressing the elephant in the room that we are all too polite to mention (namely that there is no shortage of idiots in the world) and making a mockery of it.

Of course, rude, insulting humour is not the only kind that appears on t-shirts, but neither is it the only form that has seen a recent increase in popularity. With an exponential increase in our reliance on computers comes the need for IT-related services, including an abundance of programmers and software developers. This newly-expanded social group share common knowledge and practices across their industry, making the world of computer geekery the perfect breeding ground for inside jokes and cliquey humour. Slogans like “Computer programmers don`t byte – they nibble a bit” arise from puns and stereotypes based on knowledge that is common to the IT crowd and make great icebreakers for the otherwise socially awkward.

In fact, this is the reason that t-shirts can get away with slogans like “Coffee, chocolate, men . . . Some things are just better rich”: although the humour on t-shirts might be conventionally cheesy, cheeky or even rude, slogan t-shirts perform a social function, uniting readers and wearers through a common joke.

Look at other popular forms of printed t-shirts – band shirts, football or sports team shirts, even stag and hen do special printed tees – and you start to see that the fashion of t-shirts is often linked to the function of community. Thinking about it, it all starts to make sense – it`s the reason why this place offers things like leavers hoodies, retaining the sense of community after leaving the institution, the reason teams have colours, the reason that when you see the slogan “my mother is a travel agent for guilt trips,” you feel connected to the wearer by a common understanding. T-shirts are all about the other people around you; after all, amusing though your t-shirt might be to you when you put it on in the morning, you aren`t the one who`ll be reading it all day.

Designer t-shirt Meat Free Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney has designed a t-shirt and tank-top to raise awareness of the Meat Free Monday campaign.

Featuring a print by Linda McCartney – “Lucky in Daisies” – and made from organic cotton jersey, the t-shirts retail at £125 and tank-tops at £115.

Designer tshirt by Stella McCartney Meat Free Monday campaignThe tank-top featured in the Sunday Times Style magazine back in May, and both items are likely to be hugely popular with shoppers, as well as playing an important role in raising the profile of MFM.

The designer t-shirt was launched in the Stella McCartney flagship store at Bruton Street, London

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Dirty Habit T-shirt design criticised

SUPERSTAR WA footballer Buddy Franklin’s debut as a high-end T-shirt designer may be shot down in flames – thanks to a design that may breach anti-tobacco advertising laws.

The controversial T-shirt features a large print of a model smoking, underscored with the words: DIRTY HABIT.

Anti-smoking group Quit has complained loudly about the shirt – saying it is prohibited under anti-tobacco promotion laws and sends a dangerous message to kids from one of the AFL’s highest profile role models.

The Hawthorn goalkicking demon launched his designer T label – Nena & Pasadena – last month.

But the Department of Health and Ageing confirmed yesterday it would investigate the T-shirt, which designer Paul Edwards argues sends an anti-smoking message.

“We feel that the mere fact that the slogan is DIRTY HABIT sends a pretty obvious message that the Nena & Pasadena crew finds smoking, even when being done by the gorgeous woman, pretty uncool and merely a dirty habit,” he said.


Extracted from Article by : Grant McArthur From: Herald Sun July 06, 2010

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Bob Dylan artwork T-shirt

Artwork produced by legendary folk singer/songwriter Bob Dylan is to go on sale in the UK, it has been announced.

All of the pieces being offered were completed by Dylan between 1989 and 1992 and belong to a portfolio known as The Drawn Blank Series.

Each piece is signed and dated by the star, with prices expected to be in the range of £1,250.

But for those whose budget will not extend to a print, a music T-shirt dedicated to Dylan is another effective way of showing support for the popular musician.

The singer is still a regular performer and is currently gearing up for a tour of Europe which is due to take place in June and July.

Extracted from an Article by Charlie Hardman,

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Fishy Tees !

When Steve Fisher, a vendor at the Saturday Hingham Farmers Market, was laid off from his job last May, he turned the challenge into a victory.

Instead of wallowing in self-pity, Fisher and his wife, Jill, grabbed onto the opportunity of turning his artistic abilities and love for fishing and her marketing skills into a new business, “Red White & Bluefish.”

Steve’s technique is to apply textile paint to a recently caught fish and then place a T-shirt on top of the fish and rub it. Their product line features brightly colored, highly detailed hand-printed apparel and accessories imprinted with fish, lobsters, crabs, and shells through a unique “fish printing” process. Their success is a classic example of the saying, “When one door closes, another opens.”

Steve Fishers Fishy Tees !Steve had been in the sign and graphics business for more than 30 years when he lost his job. Jill currently works in the marketing department of a nationwide mortgage lender. In her free time, she organizes the family business, orders supplies, schedules markets, and does some of the printing.

Extracted from an article and photo by By Carol Britton Meyer, GateHouse News Service &

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Fundraising Mental Health Tshirt

A Topeka, Kansas, USA man hopes his T-shirt creation will raise people’s spiritual consciousness — and generate money for a local mental health agency.

Gary Plemons, 51, a resident of the Landmark Plaza apartments at 1001 S. Kansas Ave. in downtown Topeka, has commissioned a local shop to print gray T-shirts with a drawing he made and the words, “Jesus is My Psychiatrist” and “The Word of God is My Therapy.”

Plemons said he came up with the saying based on his life’s experience.

“He’s definitely a psychiatrist,” Plemons said, referring to Jesus, “and your therapy is right there in the Bible.”

The first shirt rolled out of the print shop Wednesday. By noon Thursday, Plemons said, he had sold 12 shirts for $10 apiece.

Source : Extract from Article, “Topekan starts T-shirt fundraiser” By Phil Anderson, The Capital Journal (

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T-shirt makers bring hope

Launched in March 2009 during some of the worst economic conditions since the Great Depression, Bring the Hope founders Mike Marker and Jeremy Chastain had one goal in mind: to bring a little optimism to the world.

And they’re doing it one slogan at a time — thanks to their Fortville-based T-shirt company. Using their professional skills, Marker (a public affairs consultant) and Chastain (a screen printer) create words of hope, which they print onto shirts sold to support various causes and organizations, including KidsFirst Foundation, Folds of Honor Foundation and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Chastain, 41, recently was busy screen-printing T-shirts that would benefit victims of the earthquake in Haiti — with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the Caribbean country.

Source : [Extract from T-shirt makers look to bring a little optimism By Jenny Elig,]
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Eco T-shirts made from recycled plastic bottles

Two US based companies have recently launched whose fabric is made from recycled plastic bottles.

A Lot to Say rPET T-shirts

A Lot To Say’s a brand new eco-brand, offering T-shirts made entirely of recycled bottles. Each T-shirt’s emblazoned with a catchy big word or phrase like Hot or Virgin — with fine print beneath the bold word explaining the eco-relevance of said word (i.e. Virgin: plastic is what most shampoo and conditioner bottles are made from and they add to over 25% of waste in landfills. not sexy) — giving the T-shirts a rather sensationalist-then-very-preachy as well as sort of confusing (Does the 25% refer to all plastic? Or just the shampoo-and-conditioner bottles?) feel. The T-shirts are printed by a water-free printing process called “air dye” that requires less energy and reduces water pollution, according to A Lot To Say. Both T-shirts and tanks cost $35.99 each.

Be Present renew tees

be present, a Colorado-based green yoga clothing company, added a line of “Renew Tees.” Made from rPET and organic cotton, each Renew Tee’s made in the U.S. and printed with water-based inks — and upcycles 3 to 5 plastic bottles from the landfill, according to the company. Get one of 3 designs — a lotus with lily pad, buddha, or a tree — for $35 – $39 each at Be Present.

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World goes nuts for three wolf moon t-shirt

World reaches us from’s Charlotte Cowell that a global internet sensation has been caused by a slighlty odd looking pastiche t-shirt of 3 wolves howling at the moon ! According to Cowell

“The maker of the three wolf moon t-shirt, The Mountain, has found itself with an overnight internet sensation that’s increased the company’s Amazon sales by 2,300 per cent.

The craze started after an ironic joke review posted by Brian Govern, a student at Rutgers University, USA, 6 months ago on, which attracted further joke reviews for the t-shirt on the Amazon sellers page. “Once I tried it on,” wrote Brian “that’s when the magic happened. After checking to ensure that the shirt would properly cover my girth, I walked from my trailer to Wal-mart with the shirt on and was immediately approached by women…”

three wolf t-shirt

Since then sales of the t-shirt have gone through the roof. Before the Amazon explosion just a few of the t-shirts were being sold each day, but now sales have reached 100 per hour. The Mountain is now printing 1000’s of more t-shirts to cope with the demand and the story has attracted the attention of the BBC and Daily Mirror in the UK, while a comical You Tube marketing video has received 21,000 views in the past two days. ”

Each to their own I say …. 🙂